When surgery began in the late 1800s, it was often met with infections and other complications that sometimes resulted in death.
With the absence of improved technologies, early surgeries were without recent advanced techniques, while anaesthesia became common only in the mid-to-late 1800s.
By the 1900s, the risk of losing one’s life after surgery was less than 50 per cent. Since then, surgery has progressed, leading to fewer complications and improved outcomes.
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This year, the surgical field witnessed some mind-blowing incisions that saved precious lives and transformed others.
Face2face Africa covered a wide range of such surgeries and the following were the strangest yet amazing ones: